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Thursday 11 April 2024

Crazy Birds Birthday

I still love these Crazy Birds from Tim Holtz and came across them when I was having a small rejig in my craft room.  Nice, too on a loose inky background and with a Woodware sentiment.

Hoping to sort a few cards today for Holly's shop.

Enjoy your day.


Thursday 4 April 2024

90th card for my MIL

Renee, my mother-in-law, celebrated her 90th birthday  at the end of February, and we had a brilliant party  with all the family from children to great- grandchildren visiting us here in the Lakes.  

This is the card  I made, using a Clearly Contructed Art Stamp illustrated by Catherine Moore.  The papers are K &Co and Galeria Papers with some vintage flowers and lace from my stash.  All in greens and purples to suit the birthday girl!


Tuesday 2 April 2024

Wildflowers with Linocut background

I recently did a linocut class at Market Place Print Studios, opened recently by our Emily and her partner, Jack.   I thought I could use the skill to make my own backgrounds and images.  It was such a great class, Jack was a brilliantly calm tutor and not at all dismissive of the background image that I made.  I felt my fellow course attendees produced far more accomplished linocuts to use for card printing but I did have a different end product in mind. 

The above shows the cards we made,  (I did some second generation printing for the one in the above picture).  I've then used Sizzix and Marianne Designs Wildflower dies to continue with the rustic theme and feel quite pleased with the finished card now!!

You can find out more about Market Place Print Studio here in Cockermouth, they're offering all sorts of classes and instruction.  It was also Emily's first time of lino cutting and look what she made with her finished stamp - love, love, love her beautiful  block printed butterfly bag. (Pic from a Maker's Market they did last weekend.)

Hopefully, I'll get back into the swing of posting on here - as I've stepped back from all my team stuff, I've lost the momentum but it has been lovely not to have to work to deadlines or use specific products.

Thanks for popping in.


Monday 26 February 2024

Happy Birthday

Another Woodware stamp for today's card - on a previously made inky background then coloured in with Copics and White Gold Uniball pens.

Housework beckons  today - 😞

Hope you have a better day.

Friday 16 February 2024

Happy. birthday card

A card made for an old school friend-love this image from Woodware.  Used some old leaf and flower dies and an older Basic Grey paper pad . The white mat was cut with a stitched square die from MFT.  Oh and coloured with Copics xx

Sunday 21 January 2024

Happy New Year from me and a magazine commission

I've had a couple of months off from blogging as life has been busy, most importantly in welcoming our gorgeous new grand-daughter into the world, beautiful little Elodie. She is just so lovely, and Violet is the best big sister to her.  Holly has done amazingly well too, couldn't be prouder of her.  Other stuff included Christmas, my Dad's estate and a little thing called a tax return. 

As you can see, I've still be making cards and this is for a new magazine kit taking it's inspiration from The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady - such a fab kit.  My feature is about Stretching your Stash so making all the things in the kit and what we have at home already go a little bit further.
And, delighted to see one of my cards  on the front cover (top right corner above)!

Individual pics below  and also a link to Craft Stash here where you can buy the kit online if you can't find it locally.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday 28 November 2023

PFM Baby It's Cold Outside

Well I think our new challenge theme at Passion for Markers is bang on the money today- it sure is cold outside!  So this cute image from our sponsor, the Paper Shelter, is perfect!

I've used some Marianne papers  and tree and grass dies to add to the wintery scene.
And I love the teeny sentiments which have been in my stash and age!

I've used my favourite blue colour combo with my Copics  - B28, B26 and FB- love this flourescent blue!

You can check out the fabulous makes of my teamies here - amazing how we've made the same image look quite different in our own styles.  Then come along and join in the challenge, remembering to use your markers and tell us which ones you've used.

Happy Colouring!

Wednesday 15 November 2023

PFM Anything But a Birthday

This is my card for our new challenge over at Passion for Markers with a great theme of Anything But A Birthday.  Makes a change from the Christmas cards!  This is a Celebration card but could be used for a birthday too.
We're being sponsored by Dr Digi's House of Stamps and this is Dimble The Ale Destroyer!

The tankard was made with a Marianne Die which I've made to reflect the one in the hands of Dimble. This is a Marianne Die set - Beer - COL1482 and the sentiment is also a Marianne set - Cheers - CS1057. 

Looking forward to  visiting your blogs and see your cards this week!.


Tuesday 31 October 2023

PFM Embellish IT

We have a fab new challenge starting today at PFM HQ.  Our lovely Marie has chosen a theme of Embellish It which is perfect for making Christmas cards.
I've used this retro looking Santa image from our sponsor, All Dressed Up - isn't he great!

Stash  Used

Tim Holtz Design Papers
Square Frame - Marianne Designs - LR0767
Poinsettia Die - Marianne Designs - LR0833

Check out the super makes of the rest of the DT here over at Passion for Markers.  And do join in as you could be the lucky winner of two digi image from All Dressed Up.

Just remember, use your markers and tell us what type you've used!  Happy Colouring.  


Monday 30 October 2023

CAS cards for Creative Stamping Magazine

This is a selection of clean and simple cards I made for Creative Stamping with the gorgeous free kit that comes with the magazine.   

You can find it on sale here at Craftstash if you can find it in your local outlets.

I've been working on Christmas cards for my friends and family over the weekend - never seem to have emough time!  I'll post some of them shortly.

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Passion for Markers Use Dies and/or Punches

Good morning bloggers.  Today's card is for our new challenge at Passion for Markers where the theme is to use dies and/or punches.  My favourite I think.
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Sheepski Designs which is where this gorgeous image comes from - Rudolph's Little Helper!

I've teamed them up with some Marianne Dies and products, details below.

Marianne Products Used

Tall Tree Die - LR0772
Sleigh and Presents Die Set - COL1460
Sentiment - MM1630
Scalloped Edge Rectangle Die - CR1537

Sheepski Designs are offering the lucky winner of the challenge, three digi images of their choice!

Check out the makes of my fabulous teamies here for some inspiration then come and share your makes with us.  Just remember that you must use Markers of some type, and tell us which ones in your posts.

Happy colouring!


Thursday 12 October 2023

Birthday card with Lavinia stamps

This is the card I made for the hubster for his recent birthday.  He walks our local fell, Binsey, most mornings and from his morning musings and meditations is writing...maybe a book, who knows!  So the book mountain represents that and there is also a particularly tall tree by Bassenthwaite Lake that he is drawn to.  Oh, and the pheasant - Nick is not an animal lover but feeds the pheasants who visit our garden, from his hand and often twice daily.  The current visitor is Fred, who just hangs about on the steps until he gets fed.  Two, now very chubby, sparrows accompany him!!
All done with Lavinia stamps and masks on a previously made inky background.


Tuesday 3 October 2023

Passion for Markers Spots and Stripes

Tuesdays are new challenge day at Passion for Markers and today's challenge is about Spots and Stripes.  You can just about make out my spotty backing mat and the spots on my flower petal!

I've used a lot of new products released this month from Marianne Designs - all the details below.  And, have to say, I don't think my photo does my card justice - I feel it looks better in real life!   And you can't pick up the glitter on the berries.  Still a full list of Marianne goodies is below.

Marianne Products Used

Poinsettia Die - LR0833 - NEW!
Holly and Mistletoe Stamp - TC0918 - NEW!
Papers - Brocante Winter PK9165
Papers - Frozen Winter - PK9172
Fishtail Tag Die - COL1507
Sentiment - Happy Holidays - CS1009

Our sponsor for this week's challenge is Di's Digi Stamps and they're offering the lucky winner a $6 voucher to spend in their  online store - gotta be in it to win it folks!

Check out the fabulous makes of the rest of the DT here then get your markers out and come and join in the challenge!

Hugs, Juliexx

Friday 29 September 2023

A retro Birthday card

This is the card I made for son Harry at the end of August.  He loves going off on adventures and travels and is an amazing photographer.  He's off in a few days to do the North Coast 500 in Scotland.  Nick and I did it a few years ago and it was stunning.

So my card uses a starburst background  from Kokorosa Dies - I've used retro colours  as these are the colours Harry loves.   The little die cuts are from Marianne Designs and the sentiment is from a really old set, called Clearly Wordsworth from Rubber Soul

Marianne Products Used

Tree - LR0556
Motor Bike and Sign Post - COL1436

Hugs, Juliexx

Friday 22 September 2023

Marianne Designs September Product Release

My latest card using new products from September's release from Marianne Designs.   Love this non-scary scare crow! 

More details on the Marianne Inspiration Blog and list of products used below.

Marianne Products Used

Scarecrow Die Set – COL1533 - NEW!
Hay Bale Die Set – CR1636  - NEW!
Papers – Welcome Fall – PK9185 - NEW!
Sunflower Die – LR0361
Signpost Die- LR0535
Slimline Distressed Edge DL Frame Set – CR1569
Lower Case Letters die set – CR1594

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday 19 September 2023

Passion for Markers Colours of Autumn

I'm a little late today sharing my card. We had another weekend in Norwich sorting Dad's stuff and I didn't have signal.
Anyway, on to my card and it's for our new challenge at Passion for Markers with this week theme chosen by yours truly!  I've chosen a theme of Colours of Autumn, so lots of oranges, greens, reds, Halloweeny colours.  Remember to use your markers mind!

We're being sponsored by the fabulous Rachelle Anne  Miller and the DT have been able to use some of her fabulous new releases.  My stamp of choice was this Peekaboo Raccoons image - so sweet.

I went fairly low key on my design but just thought the image with this beautiful ornate frame from Marianne Designs, LR0670.  I then did a bit of hand doodling and couldn't resist adding a pair of eyes to the O's in the Boo!

My teamies at Passion for Markers have created some gorgeous makes for the challenge so check them out here!  

Wednesday 13 September 2023

Crafters Companion Crafter's Inspiration New Magazine

This is my latest set of cards made for Crafter's Companion from a beautiful Christmas kit that comes with their new Crafter's Inspiration Magazine.

The papers and colours are so pretty and I had great fun making this set of cards.

You can find more details of the magazine here over on the Craft Stash site.

Need to get on with making my own Christmas cards now!!


Monday 11 September 2023

Autumn and Gnomes from Marianne Designs

Wow, you are going to love the new Shakables from Marianne Designs!  I've used the Welcome Fall version in this shaker card and you can see a close up a bit further down of how gorgeous they are

Marianne Products Used

Gnome and Squirrel Stamp – HT1670 - NEW!
Square Frame – LR0831 - NEW!
Papers – Welcome Fall – PK9185 - NEW!
Welcome Fall Shakeables – LR0051- NEW!
Square Shaker Window- 75mm – LR0024 
Squirrel Die – CR1340
Oak Leaves and Acorns – LR0373 and LR0621
Leaves CR1336
Duotone Red Enamel Dots – PL4521

You can also see my card on the Marianne Blog here and the rest of the Shakeable range here.

Hugs, Juliexx

Tuesday 5 September 2023

PFM Christmas in September

Can you believe it - almost the hottest day of the year and we're doing Christmas!!   But, when you're using cute images like this from Colour of Love, what's not to love!

Yes, our sponsors for this week's Christmas in September challenge over at Passion for Markers here are Colour of Love who are going to be offering the lucky winner three digi images!  

I've used Sleeping  Holiday  Fred Gnome which you can find here on the Colour of Love site. I've coloured him with Copics then teamed him up with a fab selection of Stampin Up, K&Co and My Mind's Eye papers.  The image comes with a black border so I've added black mats for the paper layers.  
The little sentiments are from Marianne Designs - Christmas Carols EC0198.

Don't forget to check out the makes of my DT pals here - super super!  And, don't forget to use Markers on your makes and tell us which ones you've used.


Friday 1 September 2023

A few Lavinias from 2021!

As there's a new release today from Lavinia Stamps I thought it's about time, I shared these makes from two years ago!!  Honestly - I load them into posts and they stay there as drafts which isn't much use is it!!

I love this style where the main image drifts over the side of the central inked panel.

Love the seed head and thistle head dies too!